Finn Mattingly (b. Oct. 2004) is a 16 year old composer, performer, political activist, student, and turtle lover from Boston, Massachusetts. His music is frequently inspired by natural phenomena and the geometrical patterns within nature. He has written for numerous performers and ensembles including Peter Miyamoto, Cindy Wu, Bridget Kibbey, the Pro Musica Chamber Players, and the Aizuri and Julius Quartets, as well as fellow students in a variety of programs.
Recently, Finn wrote "Seaside Contemplation" for Cindy Wu, which employed a variety of harmonic techniques to replicate the juxtaposition between oceanic tranquility and the stress resulting from a pandemic. The piece was premiered in Monterey in November, 2020 as part of Wu's Sunkiss'd Mozart concert series. In February, Finn won Honorable Mention recognition for this piece in Tribeca New Music's Young Composer Competition.
Last spring, Finn was a composer for the Para el Pueblo Project, a coalition of classical composers and performers run by Lorenzo Ballesteros dedicated to performing new miniatures. The resulting two-minute miniature, Abyssopelagia, for Trumpet and French Horn, was performed by Michael O’Callaghan (Trumpet) and Michael Nunes (French Horn). The piece was premiered through social media on June 17th as a way to make it widely accessible to those seeking new music in the time of numerous cancelled performances.
Other recent pieces include In Coals by Moonlight, for Reed Trio and Piano, which was inspired by J.M.W. Turner's painting "Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight", and Portmanteau, for string quartet, which was read by the Aizuri Quartet as part of the New York Youth Symphony's composition program and will be performed this summer at the Atlantic Music Festival.
Finn has performed as a pianist and choral singer for over seven years. He was a member of New Hampshire’s All-State Choir (2018 and 2019) and Massachusetts’s Regional Choir (Northeastern District, 2020). He has appeared in professional, regional, and educational musical theatre productions, including as Danny Zuko in Grease, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Albert in Bye-Bye Birdie, and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast among many others. As a collaborative pianist, he has accompanied several vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as performing in pit orchestras.
Beginning in September, 2021, Finn will be pursuing a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Royal College of Music in London. Previously, he studied composition with Dr. Rodney Lister and electronic music with Aaron Smith at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he won the Senior Award in Composition. He was recently a composition student at the New York Youth Symphony, where his piece for orchestral winds, brass, and percussion, Scintilla, was recently performed. As part of the Symphony's outreach program, he tutored younger students in composition. Finn has attended numerous summer music festivals, including the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artists Summer Program, through which he studied with Prof. Nina Young, Dr. Daniel Felsenfeld, Prof. David Ludwig, Dr. Wang Jie, Prof. Shinuh Lee, and Prof. Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s High School Composition Intensive, through which he studied with Prof. John Murphree, Prof. Mischa Salkind-Pearl, and Prof. Eun Young Lee, among others. He has attended masterclasses with Martin Bresnick, John Corigliano, Pamela Z, Mari Kimura, Nico Muhly, Jessie Montgomery, Molly Joyce, Chen Yi, Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Mackey, and Kati Agócs. This summer, he will attend the Atlantic Music Festival after having deferred this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.